Tejaswi Continues to Court Muslims to Retain their Support Ahead of Next Year's State Elections

Tejaswi Yadav holding a meeting of minority leaders in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, who is filling in for his father and party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who remains incarcerated in a Ranchi jail, at the second meeting of the party's minority cell in less than a week, ruled out any likelihood of the party joining hands with either Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Janata Dal – U.

"How can I compromise with any communal or 'Manuwadi' force when Lalu Prasad Yadav's blood is running in my body?" the former Deputy Chief Minister asked at the meeting of the minority cell in Patna on Tuesday.

The meeting was held at his government-provided bungalow on 1 Polo Road.

Yadav slammed the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Center saying while the nation was reeling under high unemployment and poverty, and the nation was undergoing an economic recession of unprecedented level, the NDA was busy misleading the nation by keeping them occupied in issues that mattered the least to the people of India.

"The Prime Minister is absolutely abusing his power and is gutting the traditional governmental institutes of the nation. Lalu Prasad Yadav never compromised with his principles and neither would I. Those like RSS, VHP, and Bajrang Dal who tried create communal disharmony in Bihar were barred from entering the state by Lalu ji and like him, I will also never compromise on communal issues," the youngest son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi said.

Yadav then criticized the Modi government for promoting mob lynching and poisoning the mind of people against a certain minority community.

"We need to get rid of these people and for this, we have to remain united. Don't forget that it was under the RJD administration hostels for minorities were built and graveyards were ordered to be fortified with boundary walls from all sides. The Minority Welfare Department and Minority Commission were also created during the RJD regime," he said.

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